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Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16pm

Kate Atkinson's novel both mourns the passing of the World War II generation and allows readers to vicariously enter into the experience of the war. It's a companion to her 2013 book, Life After Life.

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WATCH: 11-Year-Old Sydney Lucas Destroys At The Tony Awards

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:02am

If you haven't yet seen the most memorable performance from Sunday night's Tony Awards, from the musical Fun Home, now's the time.

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In Debut Novel, Air Force Officer Questions How We Honor Our Veterans

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 4:31pm

Jesse Goolsby, author of I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them, says it's not only a question of appreciation. "We just want a conversation about what our country asks of us," Goolsby says.

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Take Two (Letters) And Solve Me In The Morning

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 7:05am

Every answer today is a made-up two-word phrase, in which the two words rhyme. The initials of the two words will be provided, along with a one-word clue.

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First-Time Tony Award Nominees Enjoy New Fame, But Keep Day Jobs

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 6:26am

This year, several writers are up for Tony awards for the first time. But while the experience may be a time to celebrate, they're sticking to their day jobs and already eyeing the next project.

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Deep Connections Link The Stories In 'Louisa Meets Bear'

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 6:26am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Lisa Gornick about her new collection of short stories, Louisa Meets Bear. The stories chart the way small decisions can ripple through seemingly unconnected lives.

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Dante Guides A Husband Through Grief 'In A Dark Wood'

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 6:26am

Joseph Luzzi used Dante's epic poem "The Divine Comedy" to get him through the grief of his wife's sudden death. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Luzzi.

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'Balm' Looks At Civil War After The Battles, Outside The South

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 4:15pm

In her new novel, Dolen Perkins-Valdez wanted to look beyond the traditional frame for Civil War stories. Her book is set in Chicago, and opens as the nation is struggling to heal.

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Not My Job: Producer Brian Grazer Gets Quizzed On Cattle

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 7:14am

Grazer is responsible for many movies and TV shows including Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, 24, Empire, and more. We'll ask him three questions about actual grazers.

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A New Judy Blume Novel For Adults Is Always An 'Event'

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 6:34am

In the Unlikely Event is beloved YA author Judy Blume's first novel for adults in 17 years — it's centered around a series of plane crashes that really happened in her home town in the early 1950s.

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Biker Bars And Holy Rollers Smolder In 'Freedom's Child'

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 6:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jax Miller about her debut thriller, Freedom's Child. Miller found inspiration for the title character in her own battle with drug addiction.

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Roy Andersson: From Mordant Ad Director To Philosophical Filmmaker

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 6:34am

Andersson spent decades directing funny commercials in Sweden. Later, the money he made helped paved the way for his return to cinema. His new film is A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.

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In 'History,' Money Makes The World Go 'Round

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 6:03am

Argentinian novelist Alan Pauls' latest kicks off as so many good stories do: With a dead body and a disappearing briefcase full of cash. Critic Juan Vidal calls Pauls a "master builder" of fiction.

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Behind The Camera: How Vanity Fair Got Its 'Call Me Caitlyn' Cover

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 4:19am

The issue of Vanity Fair with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover has many people talking and it hasn't even hit newsstands yet. Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter says the story took months of secret planning.

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Floating Eyeballs, Trained Bees: History's Most Cringeworthy Crusaders

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 3:42pm

The new book The League Of Regrettable Superheroes lovingly recounts the deeply goofy world of weird crusaders that popped up and, just as quickly, disappeared.

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In 'Spy,' Melissa McCarthy Receives Top-Billing. Finally.

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 12:55pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Spy is a generous, smart, sexy comedy, surrounding a generous, smart, sexy star. It was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait.

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'Gershwins And Me' Tells The Stories Behind 12 Songs

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 12:10pm

Musician Michael Feinstein chronicles his experience working as an archivist and cataloger for legendary songwriter Ira Gershwin. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2012.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Romance Novel Special

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:21am

This week, we dive deeply into the world of romance novels with our special guest, Sarah Wendell of the web site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

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How Can Listening Transform An Entire Community?

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:46am

During the 80's, Rev. Jeffrey Brown watched his neighborhood get overrun with drugs and violence. He decided to listen to the young people in the community, not preach to them, to bring about change.

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How Do We Change When We Really Listen To The People We Love?

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:46am

Dave Isay started StoryCorps with a booth in Grand Central Station and an open invitation for people to interview one another. Since then, it's turned into a massive archive of humanity.

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